**The Lawshe will be closed on June 24, 2023 as staff will be working the Fete at Sibley, and on July 1, 2023 for Sibley staffing as well.**
After a year and a half, the newly renovated Lawshe Memorial Museum is open!
New exhibits include Pioneering Black Families of Dakota County, Agriculture: The Foundation of Dakota County, the Diaries of Jane Doe: Women's Healthcare in Dakota County, World War I, Hastings Needlework, Women's Suffrage, Old Town Up Close, the history of Lockheed Martin and predecessor companies, as well as highlighted artifacts from the South St. Paul Stockyards.
THE ARTIFACTS IN OLD TOWN ARE BEING RE-CATALOGED THANKS TO A LEGACY AMENDMENT GRANT.
We have extensive resources to help you with your genealogy, local city and township histories, and land research. Our collection includes:
- Books, magazines, and documents on Minnesota, Dakota County, and local history.
- Microfilm of newspapers dating back to the 1850s
- Federal and State census data from 1849 to 1940
- Cemetery and obituary records
- Naturalization records for County citizens
- Catholic church records
- Paper files on city and township history
- Plat maps showing ownership from 1879 to the present
- Information regarding sites on the National Register of Historic Places
- Over 300 oral history tapes
- Over 10,000 historical photographs
- Telephone books and city directories
- Records from Grand Army of the Republic Posts 47 and 48
- Henry Sibley's papers and a portion of Ignatius Donnelly's papers
- 1918 alien registration forms
Our research staff and volunteers are available to assist you! Research assistance is FREE to our members. A donation of at least $15 per half hour is suggested for non-members.